State Rep. Baird supports bill establishing $50M grant program to improve Hoosier health

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Tuesday, March 2, 2021

STATEHOUSE (March 2, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives recently voted in support of legislation that would establish a new $50 million grant program targeting the state's most critical health challenges, according to State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle).

According to the United Health Foundation, Indiana falls at the bottom of several health rankings, including being ranked as the 43rd state for physical inactivity, 41st for smoking rates and 40th for obesity rates.

"Tackling our most common health concerns is important if we want Indiana to continue thriving," Baird said. "Previous efforts on this front have shown success, and I'm optimistic we can see more by focusing research and expertise on these persistent health issues."

Baird, who voted in support of the legislation, said the grant program would be administered by the Indiana Department of Health. The proposals seeking to focus on chronic health problems such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease would be given preference. Grants could be used for both new and existing programs and initiatives

The grant program is modeled after Indiana's successful Safety PIN program, which helps lower the state's infant mortality rate through providing funding to local health organizations. After the Safety PIN program was implemented, Indiana reached a record-low infant mortality rate last year for the first time in our state's history.

House Bill 1007 now moves to the Senate for further consideration. To learn more and watch legislative proceedings online, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) represents House District 44, which includes
all of Putnam County and portions of Clay, Morgan, Owen and Parke counties.
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